Fox News analyst who falsely claimed to be a CIA agent pleads guilty to fraud chargesDead State
April 30, 2016
Former Fox News analyst and self-described expert on terrorism Wayne Simmons pled guilty to charges of fraud for claiming he was a CIA special officer for nearly 30 years. According to federal prosecutors, he could face up to 40 years in prison.
Rolling Stone reported assistant U.S. attorney prosecuting the case, Paul Nathanson, said that Simmons "never had any association whatsoever with the CIA." Instead, he ran a limousine service, a gambling operation and an AIDS-testing clinic and various other vocations during the 27 years he claimed he was with the CIA.
Simmons also accumulated several criminal convictions which include DUIs, weapons possession and assault, and an arrest for attacking a cabdriver in 2007, all the while slotting himself as a "pentagon analyst" on Fox News.
From Rolling Stone:
In 2014, Simmons joined several conservative activists demanding House Speaker John Boehner to form a Benghazi committee to investigate the incident. According to Media Matters, he urged Boehner to "create a House Select Investigative Committee on Benghazi - fully resourced with staff and subpoena powers - to conduct a thorough, coordinated investigation."